Democrat Kai Kahele wins Hawaii primary to replace Tulsi Gabbard

State Sen. Kai Kahele (D), an active National Guard member, won the primary in Hawaii’s 2nd District on Saturday in the race to replace retiring Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D).

Kahele won the four-way primary with 76.5 percent of the vote after 68 percent of precincts had reported, according to The Associated Press.

He will face Republican Joe Akana in November.

The primary was Hawaii’s first all-mail election in Hawaii.

Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that mail-voting measures in Hawaii were being implemented by the state prior to the start of the pandemic.


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